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Zeppelin Observatory in Ny-Ålesund (Zeppelin)
Hosting Legal Entity
Norwegian Polar Institute
Hansine Hansens veg 18, The Norwegian Historical Data Centre, Tromsø, PO: N-9037 (Norway)
Zeppelin Mountain 78°54'29, Zeppelin Observatory (Norway)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2000
Being upgraded since 1999 to 2000
Operational since 1990 to 1999
Scientific Description
Observatory for atmospheric research and monitoring, and the northernmost Norwegian observatory. Located at 78°54'29"N 11°52'53"E, 475 m.a.s.l. on the Zeppelin Mountain, just south of the research village Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard.

Part of a network of very important global observatories for atmospheric measurements, and part of several regional and global monitoring networks.

Owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute, which is responsible for development, maintenance, daily management and safety. The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) is responsible for scientific coordination.

The primary users of the Zeppelin Observatory are NILU, Stockholm University (SU) and the Norwegian Polar Institute. Other institutions also have instruments and measurement programmes here, run permanently or on a campaign basis.

Officially opened in 1990, but after some time of operation the building did not satisfy the requirements for operation of advanced instruments. The old observatory was demolished in 1999, and a new one was built on the same location. Officially re-opened in May 2000.

RI Keywords
Air, Meteorology, Climate observations, Greenhouse gases, Polar, Alpine meteorology, Ozone, Radiation, Earth observations, Atmosphere, Aerosols
RI Category
Polar and Cryospheric Research Infrastructures
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Atmospheric Measurements
Date of last update: 18/03/2019